About the Program

About the Program

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has an outstanding Sleep Medicine program. Our sleep center was one of the first accredited sleep centers in the United States. We are a tertiary referral center and care for a multitude of complicated patients with sleep complaints. We care for patients with a wide spectrum of sleep disordered breathing, hypersomnia, insomnia and sleep movement disorders. We incorporate various PAP therapies, pharmacological management and cognitive behavioral therapy to manage patients. We also have resources with our otolaryngology, dental, psychiatry and psychology colleagues to help co-manage these patients. We have a 14-bed free standing sleep lab as well as beds in the epilepsy monitoring unit that are used for sleep studies at the Brain and Spine Hospital. We also have a busy portable sleep study program.

Our Sleep Medicine Fellowship started in 2007. It is a one-year ACGME-accredited clinical fellowship that has two positions available each year. The focus is on adult sleep medicine with rotations in adult sleep, pediatric sleep, neurology and psychiatry. The fellows also have clinical experiences with otolaryngology, dentistry and psychology. In addition they interpret 200-300 sleep studies a year. In addition, fellows will complete a scholarly project during their fellowship year.

In addition to our core sleep medicine faculty, the fellows will have exposure to faculty in neurology, psychiatry, ENT and dentistry as these disciplines interact closely with our program. We also work in conjunction with Nationwide Children's Hospital Sleep Center to provide the fellows with experience in pediatric sleep medicine. The combined resources of the various disciplines offer outstanding opportunities for training.



About Our Curriculum

About Our Curriculum

Fellowship Overview

  • One year ACGME-accredited program
  • Two fellows accepted each year
  • Well-rounded clinical experience
  • Research opportunities
  • Four different sleep medicine clinic locations
  • 10 faculty physicians whose practice is devoted to sleep medicine with backgrounds in adult pulmonary and neurology as well as pediatric pulmonary, neurology and psychiatry
  • Associated faculty in otolaryngology, dentistry and psychology who care for sleep medicine patients as part of their practice and participate in our program

Clinical Rotations

  • July- introduction to sleep medicine 
  • Seven months of adult sleep at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Two months of pediatric sleep at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  • Two months of multi-specialty sleep medicine experiences
During the month of July, the fellows will have a series of lectures as an introduction to the fellowship. These include topics such as evaluation of a sleep patient, the approach to different sleep complaints and introduction to interpretation of polysomnography. The fellows will also have several sessions to learn scoring of polysomnography.

During the adult sleep months, the fellows will spend most of their time seeing patients in the sleep clinic and interpreting diagnostic in lab polysomnograms, portable home sleep testing, multiple sleep latency tests, maintenance of wakefulness tests, various PAP titration studies and actigraphy. Case conferences and lectures pertaining to sleep medicine are conducted weekly.

The fellows also will spend two months at Nationwide Children's Hospital Sleep Center where they will attend pediatric sleep clinics and interpret pediatric polysomnograms with the pediatric sleep specialists. The faculty consists of those with a background in pulmonary, neurology and psychology. Since it is one of the top children's hospitals in the region, a range of patients are seen with obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, odd sleep behavior (parasomnias or seizures) and insomnia in children with congenital abnormalities leading to sleep difficulties. There is also exposure to neonates with sleep disordered breathing.

In addition, fellows will have exposure to the fields of neurology, cardiology, psychiatry, dentistry and otolaryngology during their multi-specialty sleep medicine months. This provides fellows exposure to how these areas interact with sleep medicine.

The fellows see an entire spectrum of sleep disorders including but not limited to:
  • Obstructive sleep apnea                              
  • Central sleep apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Hypersomnia
  • Odd behavior in sleep
  • Parasomnia
  • Periodic limb movements of sleep
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Insomnia


Sleep Medicine Fellowship conferences

Sleep Medicine Fellowship conferences

Case Conference

Starting in August, there will be a weekly one-hour case conference every Monday morning. This is a multidisciplinary and interactive conference where both sleep faculty and fellows will present interesting cases and polysomnography findings to the audience. The purpose of the conference is to share and learn the updated literature on topics as well as management of difficult cases.

Didactic Conference

The month of July, there will be a series of lectures every Monday to serve as an introduction to sleep medicine. Starting in August, there will be a weekly one-hour lecture every Monday morning after case conference focusing on the clinical aspects and physiology of sleep medicine.

Research Conference

There is a monthly research conference. The conference topics include effective ways to evaluate and conduct original research, writing manuscripts and current ongoing original research being conducted at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We also invite nationally known speakers in the field of sleep medicine to speak to us about their current research.

Journal Club

Sleep fellows will participate in a monthly journal club. Fellows will present current articles pertinent to the practice of sleep medicine. The purpose of the journal club is to learn how to analyze and interpret the literature in order to improve practice and care of patients.

Scholarly Activity

Scholarly Work

Scholarly Work

The fellows will be expected to participate in scholarly activity as well as a quality improvement project during the fellowship year. The activity can be in the form of formal bench or clinical research, or submission of case reports, book chapters or review articles. There is an expectation of publication of the scholarly work. Exposure to faculty conducting research will be given in the beginning of the year so that the fellow can pick a mentor. Time will be given during elective months to work on the chosen project. In addition, the fellows will complete a quality improvement project that will be presented to the sleep medicine group at the end of the year.

Fellow Publications

Scholarly work done by fellows during our Sleep Medicine Fellowship are in bold
  1. Healy, WJ; Aouad, R; Khan, M; Magalang, U. Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. Sleep Medicine 2017, Boston, MA, June 2017.

  2. Khan M, Aouad R. The Effects of Insomnia and Sleep Loss on Cardiovascular Disease. Sleep Medicine Clinics.  2017. Vol 12 (2): 167-177.

  3. Healy, WJ; Khayat, R. Sleep Disordered Breathing and Heart Failure Interactions and Controversies. Encyclopedia of Cardiovascular Research and Medicine. 2017. In Press.

  4. Physical Activity and Insomnia, Short Sleep and Insulin Resistance and Effect of Poor Sleep on Children's Academic Performance. Iftikhar IH, Albisher E, Challapallisri V, Paul G.
    Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016 May 1;193(9):1058-60. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201512-2347RR. No abstract available

  5. Pleister AP, Soriano SI, Mindel JW, Das AM, Khan MS, Magalang UJ. Comparison of Adherence to CPAP Therapy in OSA Patients Diagnosed by In-Home versus In-Laboratory Sleep Tests. Abstract Presented at SLEEP June 2015 Meeting Seattle, WA

  6. Dzodzomenyo S, Stolfi A, Splaingard D, Onadeko O, Erdley E, Splaingard. ML. Urine toxicology screen in multiple sleep latency test:  the correlation of positive tetrahydrocannabinol, drug negative patients and narcolepsy.  J Clin Sleep Med 11(2):93-9,2015

  7. Iftikhar IH, Donley MA, Mindel JW, Pleister AP, Soriano SM, Magalang UJ. Sleep Duration and Insulin Resistance: A Meta-analysis. SLEEP 2015; 38:  A298

  8. Iftikhar IH, Donley MA, Mindel JW, Pleister AP, Soriano SM, Magalang UJ. Sleep Duration and Metabolic Syndrome: A Dose-Risk Meta-analysis. Ann Am Thora Soc (in revision).

  9. Pleister AP, Khayt RN. Sleep-disordered breathing as a modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Curr Pulmonol Rep. 2015 Mar;4(1):34-41

  10. Khayat R, Jarjoura D, Porter K, Sow A, Wannemacher J, Dohar R, Pleister A, Abraham WT. Sleep disordered breathing and post-discharge mortality in patients with acute heart failure. Eur Heart J. 2015 Jan 29. [Epub ahead of print]

  11. Varadharaj S, Porter K, Pleister A, Wannemacher J, Sow A, Jarjoura D, Zweier JL, Khayat RN. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase uncoupling: a novel pathway in OSA induced vascular endothelial dysfunction. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2015 Feb 1;207:40-7

  12. Pleister A, Kahwash R, Haas G, Ghio S, Cittadini A, Baliga RR. Echocardiography and heart failure: a glimpse of the right heart. Echocardiography. 2015 Jan;32 Suppl 1:S95-107

  13. Pleister AP, Kawash R, Khayat RN. Article Review of Hospital Sleep Medicine: The Elephant in the Room? (J Clin Sleep Med) for the American College of Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection (www.acc.org/SleepApnea). [accepted for online publication]

  14. Oza NM, Patel D, Taylor M, Breathett K, Pleister A. Why Am I So Tired? A 45-Year Old, Morbidly Obese Man Presents With Worsening Fatigue. January 23, 2015. Accessed February 15, 2015. http://www.acc.org/education-and-meetings/patient-case-quizzes/why-am-i-so-tired-a-45-year-old-morbidly-obese-man-presents-worsening-fatigue?w_nav=LC

  15. Pleister A, Khayat R, Abraham WT. Sleep Impairment and Prognosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction. December 9, 2014. Accessed January 15, 2015. http://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardiology/articles/2014/12/09/09/07/sleep-impairment-and-prognosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction

  16. Gustave J, Splaingard ML. Sleep Disordered Breathing in Children with Craniofacial Abnormalities. Parent Guide: Atlas of Plastic  Surgery ed. Losse,Kirschner 2015

  17. Gustave. J.E. and Splaingard, M. (2014). Sleep Disordered Breathing. Family Companion to Comprehensive Cleft Care, Edition 1 (in publication)

  18. Mieczkowski BP, Gustave J, Mindell J, Khan M, Magalang U. Comparison of OSA Clinical Prediction Tools in Patients Referred for Home Sleep Tests. Poster presentation accepted for: SLEEP 2014. 28th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC; 2014 May 31-June 4; Minneapolis, MN

  19. Mieczkowski BP: Lambert AA, et al. Beyond the Blue: What Fellows are Reading in Other Journals. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Vol 189(2): 223–224

  20. Mieczkowski BP: Trainee Abstract/Case Report Submissions. CHEST 2014. Annual Meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians; 2014 October 25-30; Austin, Texas

  21. Mieczkowski BP, Oduguwa A, Kowatch RA, Splaingard M. Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea in Children and Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder. Poster presentation accepted for: SLEEP 2014. 28th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC; 2014 May 31-June 4; Minneapolis, MN

  22. Mieczkowski BP, Oduguwa A, Kowatch RA, Splaingard M. Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea in Children with Bipolar Disorder. Manuscript submitted to The Journal of Affective Disorders

  23. Mieczkowski B, Ezzie ME. Update on obstructive sleep apnea and its relation to COPD. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2014 Apr 9: 349-362

  24. Mieczkowski BP: Martínez-García MA, et al. Effect of CPAP on blood pressure in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and resistant hypertension: the HIPARCO randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2013 Dec 11; 310(22):2407-15  Accessed at: http://f1000.com/prime/718204805

  25. Ictal Asystole captured on PSG. Albert D, Mindel J, Vidaurre J, Splaingard ML  J Peds Neuro 2015

  26. Iftikhar IH, Khan MF, Das A, Magalang UJ. Meta-analysis: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Improves Insulin Resistance in Patients with Sleep Apnea without Diabetes. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2013;10(2):115-20

  27. Mindel J, Ajaz F, Teferra R, Afaq T, Iftikhar I, Khan M, Das A, Grant BJB, Magalang UJ. OSUNet: An Artificial Neural Network Sleep Apnea Prediction Tool for In-Home and In-Lab Polysomnography. SLEEP 2013; 36:A418

  28. Ajaz F, Mindel J, Onadeko O, Aliling J, Khan M, Das A, Bhatt N, Magalang UJ. Relationship Between Hours of CPAP Use and Daytime Function Beyond Three Months. Abstract presented at the 2013 APSS (Associated Professional Sleep Societies) meeting. June, 2013. Baltimore, MD

  29. Mindel JW, Splaingard ML, Vidaurre J. Unusual Case of Cardiac Dysrhythmia or Heart-Stopping Case of Nocturnal Spells. 2013 (Submitted to Ann Am Thorac Soc)

  30. Ajaz F, Mizelle KM, Splaingard ML. Does a Pentalogy with a Tetralogy = Ennealogy? 2013 (Submitted to Ann Am Thorac Soc)

  31. Afaq T, Magalang UJ, Das AM. An unusual cause of insomnia. Central sleep apnea(CSA). J Clin Sleep Med. 2012;8(5):623-5

  32. Afaq T, Khan M. Narcolepsy. In: Lynn DJ, Newtin HB, Rao-Grant AD, editors, The 5-Minute Neurology Consult 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2013. ISBN/ISSN: 9781451100129

  33. Iftikhar I, Khan M, Durkin M, Das M, Blankfield R, Magalang UJ. Meta-Analysis: Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy Improves Insulin Resistance In Patients With Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2012; 185:A2162

  34. Teferra R, Afaq T, Iftikhar I, Dhawan K, Khan M, Grant BJB, Magalang UJ. Likelihood Ratios for Clinical Predictions Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Using AASM Polysomnography Scoring Rules. Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med. 2012; 185: A6432

  35. Onadeko O, Aliling J, M. Khan, G. Phillips, U. Magalang. CPAP Use, Daytime Sleepiness, and Daily Functioning: long-term follow-up. Abstract presented at the 2012 APSS (Associated Professional Sleep Societies) meeting. June, 2012. Boston, MA

  36. Afaq T, Das AM, 2011. Cognitive Decline in an Elderly patient. American Thoracic Society Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology Assembly’s Sleep Fragments

  37. Iftikhar I, Khan, M Commentary on Plasma Levels of MCP-1 and Adiponectin in Obstructive sleep apnea; Best of Sleep Medicine 2011

  38. May A, Splaingard ML. Sleep Disturbances. In: Mclerny TK, Adam HM, Campbell DE, Kamat DM, Kelleher KJ, eds. American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care. Elk Grove Village, IL (In Press)

  39. May A, Splaingard ML. Central Sleep apnea. In: Bushbacher R, Nelson MR, editors. Pediatrics. Common Problems in Rehabilitation Medicine. New York: Demos Medical Publishing. 2010

  40. May A, Splaingard ML. Obstructive Sleep apnea. In: Bushbacher R, Nelson MR, editors. Pediatrics. Common Problems in Rehabilitation Medicine. New York: Demos Medical Publishing. 2010

  41. Desai T, Khan, M, Bhatt NY. PAP Treatment of Adult Patients with OSA. Sleep Medicine Clinics 2010;5(3);. 347-359

  42. Magalang UJ, Richards K, McCarthy B, Fathala A, Khan M, Parinandi N, Raman S. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy reduces right ventricular volume in patients with obstructive sleep apnea: a cardiovascular magnetic resonance study. J Clin Sleep Med 2009;5:110-114

  43. Khan M, Wood KL, Bhatt NY. Obesity hypoventilation syndrome. Sleep Med Clinics 2008;3: 525-539

Application Process

Application Process


  • MD or DO
  • Be eligible for an Ohio training certificate or permanent medical license
  • Have three letters of recommendation
  • Have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited residency in neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, otolaryngology or family medicine by the time of entry into the program
  • Hold US citizenship, permanent residency, or J-1 Visa ECFMG (Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program)
    • At this time we no longer sponsor H-1B visas
    • Click Eligibility Requirements for Residency/Fellowship Appointments for more information

The Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the National Residency Matching Program. Candidates must apply to the program using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). ERAS, a service developed by the AAMC, transmits application materials via the internet to programs in residency and selected fellowship specialties. Specialty matches conducted by the NRMP do not provide centralized services for the application process. 

Do not send any program applications to the NRMP.

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Programs review candidates' credentials and, if interested, invite them for interviews. Applicants also are responsible for ensuring that they meet all program prerequisites and institutional policies regarding eligibility for appointment to a fellowship position prior to ranking a program through the NRMP.

Dena Baird
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 614-293-4062

Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
201 Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
473 W. 12th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Sleep Medicine Fellowship Faculty
Sleep Medicine Fellows

Sleep Medicine Fellows

Madelyn Rosenthal, MD

Med School: Saint George’s University School of Medicine

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston-McGovern Medical School

Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research interest

Houston, Texas

Steven Holfinger, MD

Med School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Riverside Methodist Hospital Columbus, OH

Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research interest

Garfield Hts, OH

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